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Old 03-29-2011, 10:55 AM   #1591
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Damn, you stole that thing..

I poke around here regularly looking for the next toy.. http://www.floridachurchbus.com/ Mostly just window shopping though.

You could probably fab a plate that flips off the end of the ramp so you don't have to worry about the board slipping.
I've talked to Greg there a few times. If you ever get serious about one of those, he will talk your ear off and tell you far more than you will ever retain about those buses. Good guy that knows his stuff.

I keep meaning to stop by there, but I don't want to be too tempted since I don't have any place to park one at this point while I built it out...while maintaining my relationship, anyway
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Old 03-29-2011, 02:32 PM   #1592
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Cool2 I've seen that before!

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Build one of these.....

They carried plans for this vehicle in either Popular Mechanics or Popular Science (probably PM), back in the 70's... built on a VW chassis if I recall correctly. What a blast form the past!
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Old 03-29-2011, 02:37 PM   #1593
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Always thought these trailers were interesting...

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That's very cool, can't say I have ever seen a VW camper with a fixed raised roof. Shame some bugger stole a wheel off your trailer.
These trailers were connected at two points on the bumper, and the mono-wheel was mounted on a vertical swivel, similar to a front wheel on a shopping cart, only bigger.
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Old 03-29-2011, 02:53 PM   #1594
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Sorry - as close to a van as I wanna get
Now that's my ideal of a van/RV! Anyone have an idea of what it is?

Several years ago I saw a Mercedes truck (pre-Sprinter) similar to this, with a pop-top that went straight up like on the old VW campers, and rigged out for some serious off-road or rugged-road travel. Had European tags. Wish I'd gotten some photos of it.
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Old 03-29-2011, 03:05 PM   #1595
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Now that's my ideal of a van/RV! Anyone have an idea of what it is?

Several years ago I saw a Mercedes truck (pre-Sprinter) similar to this, with a pop-top that went straight up like on the old VW campers, and rigged out for some serious off-road or rugged-road travel. Had European tags. Wish I'd gotten some photos of it.
That is a Unimog with what appears to either be a radio box or a custom camper on the back.
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Old 03-29-2011, 04:02 PM   #1596
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Here's my 2000 GMC Safari SLE. It's got 4WD. It will haul 6000 lbs. It is cavernous inside without the rear seats removed. A 4x8 sheet of plywood fits right in.

It gets pretty bad MPG (around 14 average) but I still like it.



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Old 03-30-2011, 01:32 AM   #1597
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Interesting street names in Aruba: Dude Schoolstraat
That's Oude Schoolstraat... Dutch for Old School street...

The little vans also came in flavors made by Bedford, Suzuki and the likes... 800, 1000, 1100 cc, rear engined, frugal but scary to drive...

I guess I want one!
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:58 AM   #1598
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We bounced around Bali in a Mitsubishi diesel version. 8 of us fit in it no problem. I would love to have one here states side.
Probably what you were in there was just a little bigger (like a 2-wheel drive version of my Delica for example). The Suzuki Sambar and its ilk are called "Kei" cars in Japan.

They are usually little gas 3 cylinder engines and 4-wheel drive. There are some here in Canada that have been brought over with the 15-yr rule. And you'd be surprised what can fit in one!

http://bc.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehicles-...AdIdZ264690315

This is a Suzuki sambar with the VW kit:
http://img.alibaba.com/photo/1078679...line_Beige.jpg
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:40 AM   #1599
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Probably what you were in there was just a little bigger (like a 2-wheel drive version of my Delica for example). The Suzuki Sambar and its ilk are called "Kei" cars in Japan.

They are usually little gas 3 cylinder engines and 4-wheel drive. There are some here in Canada that have been brought over with the 15-yr rule. And you'd be surprised what can fit in one!

http://bc.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehicles-...AdIdZ264690315

This is a Suzuki sambar with the VW kit:
http://img.alibaba.com/photo/1078679...line_Beige.jpg
I wish we could get those here!
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Old 03-30-2011, 12:16 PM   #1600
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Old 03-30-2011, 12:37 PM   #1601
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Old 03-30-2011, 12:48 PM   #1602
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In college in the 70's I had a campus job letting students into their rooms who had locked themselves out. To get around, we used a Subaru 360 van.

They were about 10 feet long, weighed 925 lbs, and had a 2 cyl air cooled two stroke engine with 25hp. Supposedly they would do over 60, but these seemed only capable of around 50. they were perfect for rolling around campus on walkways.

Wheelbase 71"
Overall length 118"
Overall width 51"
Overall height 53"
Turning circle 28 ft
Tread, front, 44.9"
Tread, rear 42.1"
Ground clearance: 6.3

A woman on NASIOC just bought this 1970.
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Old 03-30-2011, 01:05 PM   #1603
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In college in the 70's I had a campus job letting students into their rooms who had locked themselves out. To get around, we used a Subaru 360 van.

They were about 10 feet long, weighed 925 lbs, and had a 2 cyl air cooled two stroke engine with 25hp. Supposedly they would do over 60, but these seemed only capable of around 50. they were perfect for rolling around campus on walkways.

Wheelbase 71"
Overall length 118"
Overall width 51"
Overall height 53"
Turning circle 28 ft
Tread, front, 44.9"
Tread, rear 42.1"
Ground clearance: 6.3

A woman on NASIOC just bought this 1970.
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Old 03-30-2011, 03:03 PM   #1604
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I wish we could get those here!
You guys in the States can bring stuff in if it's 25 years+. I'm pretty sure the diesel 4x4 Delica's/Nissan Patrol/ and similar are that age. There are good parts suppliers out of Canada as there are so many imported here, and they are simple vehicles to repair and maintain.

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Old 03-30-2011, 05:39 PM   #1605
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Last week around Utah. About 40k miles in 2 years in just camping & bike trips alone, this thing is just so versatile.




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